Laurent Misery

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Expert Rev Dermatol. 2013;8(6):631-637. 

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Etiology

A role for intrinsic factors is possible, but the effects of environmental factors are included in the definition of sensitive skin. The variety of triggers of skin reactivity is very high and well described in many studies, including cold, heat, sun, wind, air conditioning, pollution, cosmetics, water, dry air, stress and others.

Stress and climatic conditions are not modifiable. The impact of pollution is debated because pollution is not an acute trigger of skin reactivity, and air and water pollution are less intense than in the preceding decades.

Cosmetics are the most clear and avoidable triggers of skin reactivity. Chronic use could favor the acquisition of chronic sensitive skin and could be involved in the augmentation of prevalence with age.

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